April 1, 2011
Ashley Morran was 4 for 7 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs Friday. Photo by Ashley Henderson.
MT. VERNON, Ohio – The Point Park University softball team came away with a split at Mt. Vernon Nazarene Friday as both games of the American Mideast Conference doubleheader had the winning runs score in the seventh inning. The Pioneers won the opener, 5-3, after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh. The host Cougars won the nightcap, 10-9, with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Point Park is 11-10 overall and 1-1 in the AMC while Mt. Vernon Nazarene is 4-10 overall and 1-3 AMC. Point Park will play 10 of its 12 remaining AMC games at home beginning with Tuesday vs. Ursuline (4 p.m.). The Pioneers visit Gannon for a non-conference doubleheader Sunday.
Point Park’s Julie Campell, a junior first baseman from Baldwin, Pa., delivered a two-out, two-run single to bring home the go-ahead runs in the seventh. The inning had started with a base hit by Danielle Dorunda and Ashley Morran reaching on an outfield error.
With the lead, Point Park starter Kristen Zelenka (2-0) retired the Cougars in order in the seventh to finish off the complete-game win. In her best start of the year, The Washington, Pa., native struck out seven, walked one and gave up two earned runs on six hits.
Morran, a freshman, had a big day in the first AMC action of her career. The Washington, Pa., native and former all-state player at Trinity High School was 4 for 7 with seven RBIs and four runs on the day. As the designated hitter, Morran had a solo homer in the first game and a three-run homer in game two to give her team-highs of three home runs and 17 RBIs on the year.
Point Park got on the board early with two runs in the first. Leadoff hitter Amanda Ardinger doubled and scored on Nichelle Navarro’s base hit. Morran followed three batters later with an RBI single and a 2-0 lead. In the third, Morran belted a solo homer to put the Pioneers up, 3-1.
Mt. Vernon Nazarene tied things up at 3-3 with two runs in the fifth on three singles, an error and a sacrifice bunt.
In the second game, Point Park had nine runs on 13 hits, but its five errors provided the difference in the game. Mt. Vernon Nazarene’s 10 runs came on 11 hits, and the Cougars survived three errors.
Morran’s RBI double highlighted a three-run second inning as Point Park took a 3-1 lead. Morran added a sacrifice fly in the fourth for a 4-2 advantage. Point Park assumed an 8-4 lead with four runs in the fifth, and the inning included an RBI single from Navarro and a three-run homer from Morran.
Point Park’s four-run lead was brief, however, as Mt. Vernon tied it up with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Cougars put together three hits, two walks and an RBI groudout in the rally.
Navarro, who was 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs in game two, gave Point Park a 9-8 lead with a run-scoring double in the sixth. But Point Park could not hold off the Cougars in the seventh. A walk, an error and a base hit tied things up at 9-9. After a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, there were runners at second and third with two outs. The winning run came home on an infield error.
Lindsey Inzana got the start for Point Park in game two. She went five innings before Kelsey Robertson came on in relief for the last 1.2 innings.